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3 Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

February 27, 2023


As we age, it becomes increasingly important to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Yoga is a great way for seniors to improve their physical and mental well-being. In this article, we will discuss three of the top benefits of yoga for seniors and explain how these benefits can improve their quality of life.

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1. Improves Physical Flexibility and Balance

As we age, our muscles, tendons, and ligaments naturally become less pliable, which can lead to stiffness and a greater risk of falls. Yoga is a low-impact form of exercise that can help seniors improve their flexibility and balance by stretching and strengthening their muscles.

According to a study published in the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, seniors who practiced yoga regularly experienced significant improvements in their balance and flexibility. The study found that the seniors' "balance, reach distance, and flexibility improved after the yoga intervention." In addition, another study found that practicing yoga can reduce the risk of falls among seniors. 

2. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Another benefit of yoga for seniors is its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on seniors' physical and mental health, leading to conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression. Yoga is a form of exercise that can help seniors relax and reduce their stress levels.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, seniors who practiced yoga regularly experienced significant reductions in their levels of stress and anxiety. Another study found that practicing yoga can help seniors improve their mood and reduce symptoms of depression. 

3. Improves Cognitive Function

As we age, our cognitive abilities may decline, leading to conditions such as memory loss and dementia. Yoga can help seniors improve their cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain.

According to a study published in the Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, seniors who practiced yoga regularly experienced significant improvements in their cognitive function. The study found that the seniors' "memory, attention, and executive function were improved after the yoga intervention."


Yoga is a great way to improve physical and mental well-being. It can help seniors improve their flexibility and balance, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve cognitive function. At Moorings Park® Communities, we provide Simply the Best® facilities and services for successful aging. We offer daily group fitness classes for our members including yoga, aqua fitness, tai chi, and more. If you are interested in learning more about our community, contact us today.

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